Townsend Vacation Rentals & Cabins

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Make Townsend your next getaway—choose from 26 great vacation rentals

One of several gateways to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the small city of Townsend bills itself as "The Peaceful Side of the Smokies." With a distinctly laid-back vibe and an abundance of activities nearby, our vacation rentals in Townsend are hidden gems, perfect for easygoing travelers who want to experience the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains.

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Townsend vacation rentals for every getaway

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Cabin Fever
1 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 6

Cabin Fever - Townsend, TN

$145 avg / night
Simple Pleasures
2 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 6

Simple Pleasures - Townsend, TN

$183 avg / night
Cades Cove Landing Condo: Litttle River Loft
0 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 4

Cades Cove Landing Condo: Litttle River Loft - Townsend, TN

$123 avg / night
Shooting Star
2 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 4

Shooting Star - Townsend, TN

$134 avg / night
Bear Haven Cabin
1 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 3

Bear Haven Cabin - Townsend, TN

$117 avg / night

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Recent Townsend vacation rental reviews

We brought our 3 big dogs with us for our 1 year wedding anniversary and they absolutely loved it! The doggy door was big enough for our 100 pound mastiff/boxer mix to fit through so they had pretty much unlimited access to the fenced in yard. The cabin was clean when we arrived and smelled good! The back bathroom does not have a light in the shower which was a little weird and the main bathroom has a claw foot tub and weak water pressure, and the blankets were pretty thin, so if you are visiting in Fall/Winter i'd highly recommend bringing some extra blankets for the master bedroom as it is the least insulated and is a couple degrees cooler than the rest of the house, which does get warm quickly and stays warm. Also, if you have large vehicles, i would not anticipate fitting 3 into the drive way. i have a GMC sierra 1500 and we may have been able to fit 1 other mid-small size vehicle if we tried. The area is also BEAUTIFUL. You can see all of the stars, and it is not as tourist dense as gatlinburg/pigeon forge. The only downside to bringing dogs out here was that we didn't do our research and didn't know the Smokies are not dog friendly and there are almost no hikes you can take your dogs on. Only reason i docked a star from the cabin is because the bathrooms were just a little weird and the water pressure was weak. Other than that we absolutely loved it!
Jason C. | Nov 2022
Our family had a great time! We loved the cute and cozy “Mountain Dreams”. I enjoyed being in Townsend and really got use to eating at Steak and Trout restaurant
Kelly D. | Nov 2022
The view is lovely! We had a bald eagle land right in the tree off of our deck! Location is nice.
Melissa N. | Nov 2022
Townsend Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, 23 of our Townsend homes allow dogs—so feel free to bring Fido along. (Just make sure to check individual home listings for any limits on the number and size of dogs they allow).

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Yes. 102 of our Townsend vacation rentals have internet access, so you can stay connected throughout your trip.

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Some of the most popular amenities in our Townsend vacation rentals include:

Our standard check-in time is 4:00 p.m., and the check-out time is 10:00 a.m. Some exceptions apply—after you book, you’ll find check-in and check-out details in the Vacasa guest app or your Trip Manager.

Absolutely. Our local Townsend team includes professional housekeepers who care for all our homes here. They’ll clean thoroughly and restock amenities, so everything is ready for your arrival—and all you have to do is settle in and relax.

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No worries, plans change. Read over our cancellation policy for more information. And if you currently have a Vacasa reservation for Townsend, log in to Trip Manager to see options available for your specific trip.

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Where is Townsend, TN?

Townsend lies on the banks of the Little River, not too far from the North Carolina border, about 35 miles south of Knoxville. The city of Gatlinburg, TN, which is also considered a gateway to the Smoky Mountains, is a little less than 25 miles to the east.

Also nearby is the charming town of Pigeon Forge, where you'll find commercial attractions such as the Dollywood amusement park and the Dixie Stampede.

Things to do in Townsend, TN

Although Townsend is small in size, it packs a lot of activities into two square miles. Must-see museums include the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, which covers the cultural history of East Tennessee, and the Little River Railroad & Lumber Museum. The Tuckaleechee Caverns just southwest of town are also worth a visit.

In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, stop by Cades Cove for a self-guided tour of a wide variety of well-preserved buildings dating back to the early 1800s. Cades Cove is also an excellent place to view wildlife, such as black bears, white-tailed deer, and coyotes.

After a good night's sleep in your vacation rental, lace up your hiking boots and pick a nearby trail - regardless of length or difficulty, the views are sure to be beautiful. Looking for a slightly different perspective? Try exploring the park on horseback, or, if you're feeling truly daring, check out the views from a zip line!

Day trips from Townsend, TN

Smithsonian Magazine named the county seat of Sevierville, located 21 miles northeast of Townsend, one of 20 Small Towns to Visit in 2015. Spend a few hours exploring the historic downtown, then head over to the Tennessee Museum of Aviation - if you're lucky, you may see one of the 20th-century aircraft take an impromptu flight.

In nearby Gatlinburg, family-friendly activities are available year-round at the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area & Amusement Park. Ride the Aerial Tramway to the top and enjoy ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, an alpine slide, supervised wildlife encounters, and water raft rides.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is easily accessed from your vacation rental and provides a lot of activities to fill up your day. Pack a picnic lunch and spend a few hours exploring on foot, by bike, or even with your car. Wildflowers, cemeteries, historic buildings, or wildlife - there's no telling what you'll discover!

For an accurate glimpse of the culture and history of East Tennessee, you can't go wrong with a stay in one of our Townsend vacation rentals. Regardless of how you plan to spend your days, Townsend's easygoing nature and great location will have you planning your return trip in no time.

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